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John Oliver: Terrifying Times

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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WARNING: This stand-up performance will be delivered with a british accent, so be prepared for the words to come with more authority than you're used to. With a mixture of political sound bites, still photos and schmaltzy 80's power ballads, comedian John

Special Features

  • Some of John's Appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Behind the scenes at a Political Animaltaping at the UCB theatre
  • John & Andy on Interviews with Andy Zaltman

Product Details

  • Actors: John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman
  • Directors: Troy Miller
  • Writers: John Oliver
  • Producers: John Oliver, Troy Miller, A.J. Diantonio, Anna Dokoza, Robb Wagner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O5WWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Oliver: Terrifying Times" on IMDb

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By Patrick Arnold on August 7, 2008
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"This concert will be coming to you in a British accent. Be prepared for words to have a little more authority than usual."

John Oliver is best known for his mock news reporting on The Daily Show with John Stewart. John Oliver follows in the footsteps of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell and easily lives up to expectations. Oliver's special focuses largely on politics, newscasting, and some classic commentary on the differences between Britons and Americans (Oliver was born in Britain and educated at Cambridge). His ability to take the "outsiders" perspective on American life while fully embracing it is unique. I was thrilled to see him get his own 1-hour comedy special on Comedy Central (reproduced here uncensored and with additional features). Highly recommended for fans of the Daily Show and Colbert Report!
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Others have commented on John himself and on the main feature of the DVD, so I thought I'd comment on the overall package. The main show's a bit over 50 minutes long, but John manages to pad the disc out to somewhere around 2 hours of content when you include all the other clips included. Heck, the menu screen's video loop is over 10 minutes long just by itself. Other bonus materials include four clips from the Daily Show, another shorter stand-up routine (though admittedly, a few jokes are repeated), some banter with the incredible Andy Zaltzman, and a few other miscellaneous fourth-wall-breaking monologues.
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John Oliver has a hysterical perspective on the world's current position in history. My wife is a high school history teacher and she wants to try to show segments of this to her class because they are so funny, yet so true to historical fact. I watched the show when it originally aired on Comedy Central and have watched the DVD twice, and still laugh at it. John Oliver is young and I hope he has a great future in comedy so that we see much more of him. This DVD should be a great start on that path.
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John Oliver has become my favorite comedian. He is incisive without being abrasive, highly perceptive and intelligent and, most of all, very, very funny; and he is all of that without being obnoxiously abrasive.
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John Oliver has become the master observer and elucidator of contemporary American politics and society. Most people consider him entertaining; I consider him essential to awareness of chicanery underway in high places.
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A funny take on America and Americans by British comic John Oliver. He's a writer and "correspondent" on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It's something that I can watch over and over again.
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John Oliver has never done anything that I didn't find entertaining and informative that I know of...I love seeing him in person and this DVD has just been like the cherry on top...thank you...if you have any way to obtain tickets to one of his HBO broadcasts...I would buy them and travel to see it.
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By Dan on November 25, 2008
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I saw bits and pieces of this on Comedy Central and decided I had to buy it. I bought it and what do you know it is hilarious. I can't wait until John Oliver gets his own show.
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